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Seven hurt in Greek island beach rockslide

Posted Sep 13, 2018 by AFP
Seven people including a family of Czech tourists were injured Thursday following a rockslide at Navagio beach on the island of Zante, one of Greece's most popular travel destinations, officials said.
The Navagio beach on the Greek island of Zante  which lies at the foot of a cliff  is accessible onl...
The Navagio beach on the Greek island of Zante, which lies at the foot of a cliff, is accessible only by boat
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Seven people including a family of Czech tourists were injured Thursday following a rockslide at Navagio beach on the island of Zante, one of Greece's most popular travel destinations, officials said.

A government statement said a 34-year-old Czech woman had been hospitalised with a fractured vertebra, while her husband and two children sustained light injuries.

Another three people were discharged after medical tests, the government said.

A video shot by an onlooker showed a huge slab of rock sliding off the 200-metre (656-foot) cliff face above Navagio beach and crashing onto the sand, narrowly missing two people below.

"There was a rumble and a rock fell, followed by a larger rock and then another. They whipped up a whirlpool that overturned (three) boats," a witness told state agency ANA.

Authorities evacuated and shut down access to the beach, which can only by reached by boat, as a precaution.

Hundreds of people were on the beach at the time, including children.

Navagio is one of Greece's most popular beaches, taking its name from the remains of a cargo ship that was wrecked there nearly 40 years ago.

The site is also favoured by bungee jumpers and other extreme sports enthusiasts.